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Hants’ Faces Friday — Ella Lentz

Currently studying at the Dalhousie Agriculture Campus in Truro, Ella Lentz is planning to make agriculture her career.
Currently studying at the Dalhousie Agriculture Campus in Truro, Ella Lentz is planning to make agriculture her career. - Colin Chisholm

ARDOISE, N.S. — Ella Lentz was back in town during her reading break from the Dalhousie Agriculture Campus in Truro, where she’s deep in her studies on plant science.

Her fascination with agriculture began when she was only eight years old and started 4-H. Her home in Ardoise slowly turned into a hobby farm.

 

“I’ve basically lived in Hants County my whole life. We family live on a small hobby farm that we have because of me. My parents were not involved in any of that beforehand. We’re in Ardoise. And I joined 4-H when I was eight years old and my mom became the photography leader with the Newport 4-H Club. I had already started taking riding lessons at that point, but I did join the light horse project, and I needed a pony I could ride and use for the show. And that was probably the first time I was at the exhibition grounds for any length of time. They generally ask you to take just one project at a time because you’re eight and can only handle so much. We were lucky enough that one of our leaders had a free stall in their barn, so I boarded my pony there. He was really old, his name was Bill, and he was a 4-H pony before he got passed on to me.”

 

“When I was in Grade 3 we started building a barn at home, but that got delayed a little bit because my dad actually fell off the roof and broke his heel and wrist. But I ended up joining the sheep project through 4-H as well and the market lamb project. I wanted to breed my own, so that’s how we ended up with a couple of sheep and now I have a goat and a pet rabbit and another horse. We went over to pick up the show lamb and we had been over a couple of times to walk the lamb, and I just really liked this orphan goat. And when we went to pick up the lamb, she said, ‘well if you don’t take the goat, I can’t keep it.’ I looked at Dad and said ‘Dad, we have to take Tinkerbelle home.’ We brought her home on the front seat of the truck on my lap.”

 

“We all kind of learned this together as a family, and it sort of began with riding lessons. You know, some parents might be inclined to just drop their kids off during riding lessons, or just sit back and watch. But both of my parents were really interested in this too, so they kind of learned with me as I was learning. With the sheep, it was the same thing — we learned together what we needed to do. It’s not that they had no prior knowledge whatsoever. My mom grew up in rural Cape Breton… my dad grew up in Ottawa, but his parents had a sugar bush in Madawaska. What I’m really interested in is sustainable systems, so where waste from one system is used for another. I would love to be able to incorporate sheep into that some day.”

 

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